Political Storm in Kano: Tinubu Under Fire Over Governor Yusuf’s Dismissal, Pressure Mounts
The Forum for National Integration and Development voiced concerns that such a removal could foster political instability and national disunity.
The tribunal previously declared APC Nasir Gawuna as Kano’s legitimate governor, dismissing Yusuf. A decision on Yusuf’s appeal is anticipated this week.
President Bola Tinubu is facing increasing pressure to respect the results of the March 18 governorship election in Kano state, a move thought crucial for Nigeria’s political stability and unity.
As reported by Leadership, this appeal to the president emerged on Wednesday, November 15, just as the Court of Appeal prepared to deliver its verdict on the tribunal judgment that previously ousted Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
Group urges Tinubu to halt Court of Appeal proceedings against Kano governor
At the roundtable discussion of the Forum for National Integration and Development (FNID), chaired by Oguntade Omolewa, the group warned the president to desist from the legal pursuit to ousted Governor Yusuf of Kano.
Yusuf, the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the last governorship election in Kano, defeated Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja would be delivering its verdict on the redress sought by Governor Yusuf over his sacking by the Kano state governorship election petition tribunal.
Why tribunal sack Governor Yusuf of Kano
Yusuf was ousted when a panel led by Justice Oluyemi Osadebay invalidated 165,663 of his votes. The grounds for this decision were that the votes lacked the necessary signing and validation by INEC.
The judgment of the court resulted in a reduced vote count for the NNPP candidate, dropping it down to 853,939. However, the total of 890,705 votes for the APC candidate, Gawuna, remained untouched.
In Kano this past Wednesday, Omolewa voiced his opinion regarding this recent turn of events:
“We implore President Tinubu to play the politics of inclusion and national cohesion rather than division.”